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October 25, 2017

Nova Scotia government legislates workers compensation benefits for nurses with PTSD

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions applauds the passage of an amendment to Nova Scotia’s Workers’ Compensation Act to include presumptive coverage for nurses and other frontline or emergency response workers who are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The amendment ensures that nurses and other covered workers no longer have to prove their PTSD was the result of an incident they were exposed to while on the job.

“Nurses unions across the country have been lobbying governments and compensation boards to recognize the reality of PTSD in nursing and the obligation to provide appropriate care and compensation to those affected. The NSNU [Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union] is happy to see that in Nova Scotia, the legislation specifically names nurses and continuing care assistants, professions which are typically female-dominated.”

Read the full statement by the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union here.